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Children's LiteratureYoung aficionados of "The Boxcar Children" series will be very interested in this complete biography chronicling the life of the author. Beginning with a photo and information about a book Warner wrote at age nine which became a gift for her grandfather, this biography relates that Warner and her sister enjoyed reading and writing among other more traditional play activities, and how this interest in writing continued into Gertrude's adult years when she became a schoolteacher. Organized into nine 2-page chapters, straightforward sentences in short paragraphs are accompanied by captioned photographs that add interest. Special features of the book include a table of contents and an index. Terms in the text that appear in bold are included in a glossary. Although there is not a bibliography of sources used, a separate page entitled "Web Sites" directs readers to the publisher's web site for links to information about Warner. Most of the information about Warner presented here is commonly available, but in this title it is attractively presented and useful for introducing the biography genre. This is part of the "Children's Authors" series. 2005, ABDO, Ages 6 to 8.
—Brenda Dales, Ph.D.